About Zachary Matson

Zachary Matson has been an environmental reporter for the Explorer since October 2021. He is focused on the many issues impacting water and the people, plants and wildlife that rely on it in the Adirondack Park. Zach worked at daily newspapers in Missouri, Arizona and New York for nearly a decade, most recently working as the education reporter for six years at the Daily Gazette in Schenectady.

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  1. Sue Capone says

    The Adirondack Lakes Survey was not named in the article, but was responsible for the original 1980’s survey and continues to monitor 52 waters as part of the Long Term Monitoring program. The ALSC has continued to be involved in the future and the original planning of what is now known as SCALE.

  2. Raymond Budnick says

    In reference to the potential infiltration of the Round Goby at the Champlain locks.

    Could it be possible that when watercraft are once in the locks with both locks still closed, that a shock could then be sent thru the contained water?
    This would stun the fish contained, and the lock operator could then ascertain and dip net unwanted species after they float to the surface?

    Even though it would involve some procedural changes and be a bit more time consuming it may at least open the locks once again for important and recreational traffic.

    This shocking method has proven to be relatively safe for those shocking as well as the ability for the species to recover. And. is used at present by the DEC in creek sampling.

    Ray Budnick
    Alpine, NY.

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